Earlier this week the international signing period began, allowing teams to sign international prospects for the 2013-2014 signing period. The Pirates have already signed nine players, including two players with bonuses that total $675,000 combined.
Throughout the signing period, we keep an international signing tracker. This is much like our draft pick signing tracker in that it keeps track of the signings and bonuses, and shows how much the Pirates have left to spend. Unlike the draft pick version, it's hard to keep up with every international signing. A lot of the smaller deals aren't announced, and we usually only find out the dollar figures for the big deals. You don't usually find out that a guy like Gregory Polanco received $75,000 until that guy breaks out.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.